Frederick I. Huber, crane supervisor and veteran

August 27, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Frederick I. Huber, a retired crane supervisor and World War II veteran, died Friday of heart failure at Union Memorial Hospital. The Lochearn resident was 88.

Mr. Huber was born in Baltimore and attended Southern High School. He went to work for Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Key Highway shipyard before World War II.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces and was sent to England, where he served as an aviation mechanic.

After the war, he returned to Key Highway, where he worked as a crane supervisor until the shipyard's closing in 1982.

He worked for another 23 years for Bob Stout, an engineer, and Steinweg Co. in crane supervision.

An Orioles fan, Mr. Huber was a past president of the Oldtimer's Baseball Association.

The longtime Brooklyn Park resident, who moved to the Augsburg Lutheran Village retirement community in 2006, enjoyed working on home improvement projects, making toys and furnishings.

"When his girls were young, he fixed their dolls, bicycles and skinned knees, and when they were older, he fixed their disabled cars and broken household appliances," said a daughter, Barbara J. McElderry of Catonsville.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Augsburg Lutheran Village, 6811 Campfield Road.

Also surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Edna Harthausen; two other daughters, Dianne L. Ross of Ashburn, Va., and Edna L. Puleo of Great Meadows, N.J.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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